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Medieval Knight Re-enactor Fatally Impales Himself With Lance During Performance

October 10, 2018 - 5:15 pm

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (WWJ/AP) - A Medieval knight re-enactor has died after he impaled himself with his lance during a performance.

Reports say 53-year-old Peter Barclay, of Virginia, was competing in an equestrian game in Williamstown, Kentucky, on Saturday when he was fatally wounded.

Barclay's brother and the president of event host the Society for Creative Anachronism, John Fulton, said Barclay was trying to spear a paper plate on the ground. 

Fulton said the metal-tipped lance hit the ground and flipped, stabbing Barclay's chest. He said Barclay, who performed under the name "Master Terafan Greydragon," died while being flown to a hospital.

In a post on the SCA Facebook page, Society Marshal Alan Gravesend said "a brother in arms to many of us lost his life in the pursuit of our game," adding that an investigation is underway in hopes of deterimining how to prevent similar accidents.

"We have reached out to Terafan’s family to express our support for them at this moment of loss. We ask that Terafan and his family be held in your hearts," Gravesend wrote.

One of many who replied offering condolences, Mughain Rose Wymer posted: "Being at the event and seeing him so active and enjoying the day was wonderful. Then it all happened in a split second. We are all still in shock."

Mortimer Powers Harrig added: "I met him for the first time at this fatal event; I was there when it happened. I’m glad to have gotten to know him even if was only for a few hours. A remarkable man taken well before his time."

Barclay's death is listed as accidental; although the Hamilton County coroner's chief administrator, Andrea Hatten, said autopsy results are pending.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.